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Vesper Hymn

On the wings of light declining

Author: Páll Jónsson; Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher
Published in 5 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

On the wings of light declining
Sinks the westering sun to sleep:
Lord, alike in dark or shining,
Thy pure eyes their vigil keep.
Let Thy light, which faileth never,
Round me shine, though day depart;
And, though night prevaileth, ever
Flood the chambers of my heart.

Author: Páll Jónsson

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Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher

Pilcher, Charles Venn. (Oxford, June 4, 1879--July 4, 1961, Sydney, Australia). Anglican. Grandnephew of Charlotte Elliott. Hertford College, Oxford, B.A., 1902; M.A., 1905; B.D., 1909; D.D., 1921. Curacies at Birmingham, 1903-1905; St. James, Toronto, 1910-1916; taught theology at Auckland Castle, England, 1905-1906, and at Wycliffe College, Toronto, 1916-1936. Elected coadjutor bishop of Sydney, Australia, at the instance of a former Wycliffe colleague, Archbishop Mowll. He composed hymn tunes and other music, and long played bass clarinet in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Also, he translated and published much devotional material from Iceland, notably Iceland Christian Classics (1950). These side interests, like his hymn writing, merely… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On the wings of light declining
Title: Vesper Hymn
Author: Páll Jónsson
Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher
Meter: D
Language: English



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

A Treasure Book of Songs #d11


Passion-Hymns of Iceland, The #28

Songs for Worship #d142

Songs for Young and Old #d113


The Book of Common Praise #811D

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